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Where to Eat in Dagenham, Rainham, and Hornchurch

Find pie and mash, duck a l’orange, Kabuli pulao, steak and chips — and more

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The London constituency with the highest percentage of leave voters (70) in the 2016 EU referendum is held by Labour MP Jon Cruddas, who’s protecting a majority of 4,652. The triangle between Dagenham, Rainham and Hornchurch is rife with Anglo-Indian curry houses, grill places and greasy spoons — but delve a little deeper and there are still gems to be found. Local businesses and family-run restaurants have been prioritised for quality and value.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Brook Pie & Mash

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833 Dagenham Rd
Dagenham RM10 7UP, UK
020 8593 5039

Pop into this East End treasure, which serves proper, sturdy pies and scoops of creamy mash doused in a verdant liquor, perfect for a quick bite on the go.

2. The Ship Centre

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1-3 Upminster Rd S
Rainham RM13 9YS, UK

Righteously, the Ship Centre is an essential fixture in the local community — little café forms part of the ministry of the Parish Church of Rainham with Wennington. Fresh food changes daily and operates on a pay-what-you-can-afford system.

3. Lara Grill

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20 Whalebone Ln S
Dagenham RM8 1BJ, UK

Only hearty Turkish fare is to be found here, with a regularly updated menu to reflect traditional grilled classics and hot and cold mezze. The yoghurtlu andana, spiced kofta served on bread and smothered in yoghurt and tomato, is worth trying, as are the selection of fresh pides.

4. Riennas Restaurant

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210-176, A124
Hornchurch RM12 6QP, UK

Local Jimmy Lleshi’s steakhouse is all about fresh and quality ingredients and a touch of upmarket dining. For a full experience, try the surf ‘n’ turf, served with a choice of sauces. The skate wing, with lemon butter and caper sauce, is also a compelling take on a timeless dish.
(196 High Street, Hornchurch RM12 6QP)

5. The Cranleigh

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84 Station Ln
Hornchurch RM12 6LX, UK

Appropriately, this restaurant and function hall has been elevated to an institution in the area. With quiz nights, live music and fine, white linen, The Cranleigh has been offering something a bit special to locals for years. Serving a variety of dishes that wouldn’t be out of place at Abigail’s Party — such as Madeira-fried chicken livers, prawn cocktail, duck a l’orange and Tournedo Elizabeth, the menu hums with 70s British nostalgia.

6. Tarantino

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51 High St
Hornchurch RM11 1TP, UK

Beeline for this small, family-run affair, which serves a selection of pan-Italian cuisine, from veal cutlets and fried seabass, to a selection of pastas and pizzas, taking diners through a full four courses. The polpette, which are made in-house, are a highlight.

7. Khyber Grill

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800 Green Ln
Dagenham RM8 1YT, UK

Over in Becontree at Khyber Grill, solid renditions of chapli kebab, Kabuli pulao and Afghani naan can all be found, as well as a selection of nihaari and karahi items. Dumpokht, a dish which sees lamb slow-stewed in a dough-sealed pot, together with potato, onion, chilli, ginger and garlic, is a compelling special.

8. Casa Italiana

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19A High Rd, Dagenham
Romford RM6 6PU, UK

Under St Chad’s Park and straddling the border between Dagenham and Romford, another family-run Italian serves up a variety of dishes from across the country. Try lasagne or the pennette arrabiatte for a lively, chilli kick.

9. The Bank Restaurant

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9 St Nicholas Ave
Hornchurch RM12 4RH, UK

Rightly housed in a former bank, this local café and restaurant is filled with character. It is a perfect spot for brunch, with a choice of eggs — Benedict, Royale, poached with kippers and more, and hearty sandwiches which fillings like honey roast ham and fish fingers. Mains are along the gastropub line, with sausages and mash, steaks and fish and chips on offer.

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1. Brook Pie & Mash

833 Dagenham Rd, Dagenham RM10 7UP, UK

Pop into this East End treasure, which serves proper, sturdy pies and scoops of creamy mash doused in a verdant liquor, perfect for a quick bite on the go.

833 Dagenham Rd
Dagenham RM10 7UP, UK

2. The Ship Centre

1-3 Upminster Rd S, Rainham RM13 9YS, UK

Righteously, the Ship Centre is an essential fixture in the local community — little café forms part of the ministry of the Parish Church of Rainham with Wennington. Fresh food changes daily and operates on a pay-what-you-can-afford system.

1-3 Upminster Rd S
Rainham RM13 9YS, UK

3. Lara Grill

20 Whalebone Ln S, Dagenham RM8 1BJ, UK

Only hearty Turkish fare is to be found here, with a regularly updated menu to reflect traditional grilled classics and hot and cold mezze. The yoghurtlu andana, spiced kofta served on bread and smothered in yoghurt and tomato, is worth trying, as are the selection of fresh pides.

20 Whalebone Ln S
Dagenham RM8 1BJ, UK

4. Riennas Restaurant

210-176, A124, Hornchurch RM12 6QP, UK

Local Jimmy Lleshi’s steakhouse is all about fresh and quality ingredients and a touch of upmarket dining. For a full experience, try the surf ‘n’ turf, served with a choice of sauces. The skate wing, with lemon butter and caper sauce, is also a compelling take on a timeless dish.
(196 High Street, Hornchurch RM12 6QP)

210-176, A124
Hornchurch RM12 6QP, UK

5. The Cranleigh

84 Station Ln, Hornchurch RM12 6LX, UK

Appropriately, this restaurant and function hall has been elevated to an institution in the area. With quiz nights, live music and fine, white linen, The Cranleigh has been offering something a bit special to locals for years. Serving a variety of dishes that wouldn’t be out of place at Abigail’s Party — such as Madeira-fried chicken livers, prawn cocktail, duck a l’orange and Tournedo Elizabeth, the menu hums with 70s British nostalgia.

84 Station Ln
Hornchurch RM12 6LX, UK

6. Tarantino

51 High St, Hornchurch RM11 1TP, UK

Beeline for this small, family-run affair, which serves a selection of pan-Italian cuisine, from veal cutlets and fried seabass, to a selection of pastas and pizzas, taking diners through a full four courses. The polpette, which are made in-house, are a highlight.

51 High St
Hornchurch RM11 1TP, UK

7. Khyber Grill

800 Green Ln, Dagenham RM8 1YT, UK

Over in Becontree at Khyber Grill, solid renditions of chapli kebab, Kabuli pulao and Afghani naan can all be found, as well as a selection of nihaari and karahi items. Dumpokht, a dish which sees lamb slow-stewed in a dough-sealed pot, together with potato, onion, chilli, ginger and garlic, is a compelling special.

800 Green Ln
Dagenham RM8 1YT, UK

8. Casa Italiana

19A High Rd, Dagenham, Romford RM6 6PU, UK

Under St Chad’s Park and straddling the border between Dagenham and Romford, another family-run Italian serves up a variety of dishes from across the country. Try lasagne or the pennette arrabiatte for a lively, chilli kick.

19A High Rd, Dagenham
Romford RM6 6PU, UK

9. The Bank Restaurant

9 St Nicholas Ave, Hornchurch RM12 4RH, UK

Rightly housed in a former bank, this local café and restaurant is filled with character. It is a perfect spot for brunch, with a choice of eggs — Benedict, Royale, poached with kippers and more, and hearty sandwiches which fillings like honey roast ham and fish fingers. Mains are along the gastropub line, with sausages and mash, steaks and fish and chips on offer.

9 St Nicholas Ave
Hornchurch RM12 4RH, UK

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